Maarifa Cavendish University Uganda Mukono CampusMukono
Design Summary - University leadership engaged DLR Group to uncover the potential for their 21 acre site to become the new seat of the University. A traditional campus that would set a new precedent for tertiary education environments in the region. Located in South-Central Uganda, the site rests in a valley of wetlands and banana fields, a poetic juxtaposition against the urban density of nearby Kampala. Students and staff quickly gravitated toward traditional campus placemaking, recognizing the importance of gateways, axis, focal points and, most importantly, the campus quad. The campus architecture draws from a regional architectural style, simple concrete buildings with contemporary cladding, indoor and outdoor spaces woven together seamlessly. The campus quad expands an existing plateau above the wetlands, framing it with five story structures carved into the hillside and buildings perched atop pilotis near the wetlands, preparing for seasonal bounce within the wetland. The wetland, largely the accidental result of roads and agriculture interrupting the natural flow of rainwater through the area, will be improved with the addition of retention ponds and bioswales that collect runoff from the hillside above, reducing erosion on the hillside and filtering out sediment and pollutants.
Scope Narrative - The first phase of construction will frame the new entry onto the future campus quad, striving to achieve visibility from the traffic heavy Jinja road that cuts through the valley and provides the main access to the site. The remaining academic buildings and hostels will quickly follow as enrollment grows from zero to an expected ten thousand students in just a few years.